Cold Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie

Frank and I strolled over to High Street tonight for some live music at the North Church. This is a wonderful old venue right in our neighborhood, built about 150 years ago by the Unitarians. Owned now by the Farmington Historical Society, it’s a rustic, cozy place, romantic enough for a wedding (indeed, son Nate and daughter-in-law Justina were married here) and charming enough for an evening of live music.
North Church

The North Church, which has been beautifully restored by the Farmington Historical Society. The steeple blew off in a wind storm in the late 1940s. (Photo courtesy of the Farmington Historical Society)

We treated ourselves to a pieces of pumpkin and apple pie in the basement reception area, chatted with friends and neighbors, and then strolled upstairs to take a seat in one of the long wooden pews.  Tonight’s offering was Cold Chocolate, a folk rock trio from Boston.

These accomplished musicians rocked the old church a little harder than the usual folk artists I’ve seen there, and I enjoyed their energy. A memorable cover from early in their first set was Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You,” a good choice for them since their original songs fit that same mid-tempo, Americana sort of sound. Their originals were entirely new to me. I enjoyed them but will not try to review them after only one listen. I did buy a cd, however. Maybe a review, or an interview with the band, will happen in the future.


Cold Chocolate at the North Church. You can listen to them here.

Venue is so important to a live music experience. I like the dark, noisy, crowded atmosphere of Tuck’s, our neighborhood bar, and I like the elegance and expanse of the State Theater in Portland, but there’s a place too for the casual, intimate ambiance of a restored 19th century church, where ticket prices are reasonable, pie is free, kids are welcome and those who aren’t much for the bar scene can feel comfortable.
Cold Chocolate warmed  to the venue. We were a small but appreciative audience, and we warmed to them too.

About Luann Yetter

"Do you remember lying in bed with the covers pulled up over your head, radio playing so no one could see?" (The Ramones) Yes, I do. And I remember the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. And I believed in the magic of rock ‘n roll. Funny thing is, I still do. Somehow I never grew out of my fangirl phase. In recent years I’ve enjoyed writing local history books. But after three successive publications, I took a break. And then I realized that without deadlines or contracts, what I really want to write about is music.
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